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Conservation Project Profiles


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A presentation from 2008 on how textual and visual archival materials were used to create complex and dynamic 30+ page profiles on conservation projects from the past 40 years.

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Conservation Project Profiles

  1. 1. Archival Project Profiles October 17, 2008
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>To tell a richer story about our 40+ years of architectural preservation </li></ul><ul><li>To demonstrate continuing themes and concerns for building types and geographic regions </li></ul><ul><li>To supply content for our website </li></ul><ul><li>To serve as an institutional record </li></ul><ul><li>To validate the accessibility and importance of the archives </li></ul>
  3. 3. Archival Project Profiles <ul><li>15-20 pages of text and pictures </li></ul><ul><li>WMF projects from 1970s-1990s selected by Lisa </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity of work: fresco cleaning, structural stability, site management plans </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Italy, Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo </li></ul>Spain, Convento de la Coria Haiti, Citadelle Henri Italy, Temple of Hercules Ireland, Doneraile Court Ireland, Castletown House Italy, Biblioteca Marciana Italy, Church of the Pietà Project Profile Sites Spain, Ochavo Chapel Hungary, Eszterháza Castle Italy, Misericordia Laboratory France, Hôtel des Invalides Great Britain, St. Mary’s Church Portugal, Tower of Belém
  5. 5. Sources <ul><li>Archival Material in Offsite Storage </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Archives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Newsletters, Publications, Brochures </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grant Management Database </li></ul><ul><li>WMF Publications </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Video Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Library </li></ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul>
  6. 6. 1. Introductory Section <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>After Conservation Picture </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Site Name </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Date of Construction </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dates of WMF Conservation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. 2. Project Origin <ul><li>Brief summary of events leading to our involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Prior conservation efforts by local, government, or cultural organizations </li></ul>
  8. 8. 3. Historical Background and Significance <ul><li>Contextualizes structure in history </li></ul><ul><li>Discusses design origin, architectural influences, and local patronage </li></ul><ul><li>Introduces political or social catalysts </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies architectural innovations, specialized functions, and community significance </li></ul>
  9. 9. 4. Physical Description <ul><li>Summarizes site layout, architectural components, and materials </li></ul><ul><li>Provides orientation for conservation issues and areas of concern </li></ul>
  10. 10. 5. Site Condition <ul><li>Describes threats to structural/aesthetic integrity ranging from environmental conditions to human processes </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies conservation issues caused by previous restorations </li></ul>
  11. 11. 6. Project Description and Objectives <ul><li>Explains development of the conservation plan to address threats </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies major players in conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Outlines educational objectives (i.e. museum exhibitions) and threat analysis via exploratory methods (i.e. architectural surveys) </li></ul>
  12. 12. 7. WMF Collaboration <ul><li>Identifies organizations, government offices, and individuals who collaborated with WMF in fundraising and executing project objectives </li></ul>
  13. 13. 8. Conservation <ul><li>1-2 pages: the heart of the profile </li></ul><ul><li>Recounts conservation phases initiated by WMF and its collaborators, including local firms </li></ul><ul><li>Examines discoveries, challenges, and innovations </li></ul><ul><li>Explains technical conservation procedures utilized to restore architectural surfaces or reinforce structural stability </li></ul>
  14. 14. 9. Recognition and Subsequent Developments <ul><li>Records awards and recognition for WMF sponsored conservations at the site </li></ul><ul><li>Traces new conservation concerns, continued WMF commitment, and post-restoration educational programs </li></ul>
  15. 15. 10. Archival Holdings <ul><li>Summarizes our holdings of digital photos, slides, and prints </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies vital archival material by box number, file name, and contents </li></ul>
  16. 16. 11. Photographic Supplement <ul><li>5-20 pictures per profile </li></ul><ul><li>50-word caption, year, and photographer </li></ul><ul><li>Best slides and prints </li></ul><ul><li>Pièce de résistance: Before and after conservation shots </li></ul>
  17. 17. Digitization <ul><li>400+ prints and slides digitized </li></ul><ul><li>Most sites had no digital pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata: caption, year, photographer, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>File name denotes whether it was before, during or after conservation </li></ul>
  18. 18. Before Conservation During Conservation Haiti, Citadelle Henri
  19. 19. Ireland, Doneraile Court Before Conservation After Conservation
  20. 20. Before Conservation After Conservation Italy, Biblioteca Marciana
  21. 21. Italy, Church of the Pietà Before Conservation After Conservation
  22. 22. Italy, Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo Before Conservation After Conservation
  23. 23. Before Conservation After Conservation Spain, Convento de la Coria